MotoGP: Lorenzo quickest in opening Indianapolis practice

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Jorge Lorenzo sent out an early warning shot to his rivals on Friday by topping the first practice session for this weekend’s MotoGP Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

MotoGP arrived in Indianapolis earlier this week for the second American race of the season, following the earlier round at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas back in April.

Using a layout that incorporates part of the famous banking and the main straight of the Brickyard, the race has quickly established itself as one of the most unique events on the MotoGP calendar.

Yamaha teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi arrived in Indianapolis separated by just 13 points at the top of the riders’ championship, but it was Lorenzo who enjoyed the early upper hand on Friday in practice.

The Spanish rider recorded a fastest lap time of 1:33.654 to edge out compatriot and 2014 race winner Marc Marquez by just 0.093 seconds at the top of the timesheets.

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso finished the session in third place, two-tenths of a second down on Lorenzo, while Honda’s Dani Pedrosa completed the top four. Rossi could only finish the session in fifth place, over seven-tenths of a second behind his teammate in P1.

Ahead of the weekend, American rider Nicky Hayden took part in a special drag race against IndyCar driver Marco Andretti. You can see who won in our piece here.

Also be sure to check out some of the stand-out storylines ahead of this weekend’s race at the Brickyard.

To see the full results from FP1 at IMS, click here.